We would not believe it for ourselves, but we just discovered a structural engineering firm that could be run by the people of the fictional planet Ferenginar because they value money/capitalism and unethical behavior over their reputation of their firm. This firm is called Rutherford + Chekene. For those who have never heard of R+C, they design hospitals, universities, biotech buildings, and several museums. Many people will know their work such as the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Monterey Bay Aquarium (as featured in Star Trek IV) and the Pixar Animation Studios (home to Toy Story & The Incredibles).
The Candidate applied for their ad. As many people in California know, Rutherford + Chekene has a stellar reputation for their structural engineering services. So this Candidate was excited to apply for this ad. We have posted the ad so you can see it for yourselves.
Rutherford + Chekene
R+C is one of the foremost engineering practices in California, providing structural and geotechnical engineering. Established in 1960, we are committed to hands-on involvement with our clients, and to maintaining a friendly and welcoming in-office atmosphere.
Our new building portfolio includes significant collaborations with internationally acclaimed architects on a variety of building types. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide creative and practical solutions that support great architectural visions. Our services also include seismic evaluations and retrofits of existing buildings. We have many new and exciting projects in the institutional and commercial sectors, both here in the U.S., and abroad.
- RECENT AWARDS:
o Hollister Courthouse | SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Merit, New Construction, 2016
o LBNL Chu Hall (Solar Energy Research Center) | AIA SF Design Awards 2016, Honor Award
o UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Redevelopment | SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Merit, Retrofit/Alteration, 2016
o Stanford Energy System Innovations (Replacement Central Energy Facility) | SEAONC, Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Merit, Infrastructure, 2016 & AIA SF Design Awards 2016, Honor Award & ENR’s “Best of the Best” Energy/Industrial Project of the Year
o SFO New Air Traffic Control Tower | SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Excellence, Landmark, 2016
- EXCITING/RECENT PROJECTS:
o New Hospital Bed Tower in Fresno
o New Childcare and Office Buildings for Biopharmaceutical Client in the Peninsula
o San Francisco International Airport, New Boarding Area B & Terminal 1 Renovation
o Over 1 million square feet of new commercial laboratory buildings for BMR(Black Rock) at Foster City, South San Francisco and Fremont
o UCSF Mission Bay Precision Cancer Center
o Google TI work
o Stanford Biomedical Innovation
o San Jose Performing Arts
o Frost Amphitheater at Stanford
o UCSB Lecture Hall and Theatre
We are seeking two Structural Engineers to join our team, to help us manage our growth and work on the next interesting projects. Build your career with us! If you are interested in joining a dynamic and growing team, we want to hear from you.
These are salaried, full time positions, with benefits.
Job Title: Senior Licensed Engineer/Project Manager
Job Start Date: Monday, September 12, 2016
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER/PROJECT MANAGER
You will be working as part of a firm-wide team to manage and work on all aspects of engineering including analysis and design for a variety of high-profile projects. This is a great opportunity for a candidate eager to collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams, using cutting-edge technology and processes to deliver excellent design.
Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Manage the structural design effort for a variety of complex and interesting projects.
• Interact directly with design first world-class architects.
• Apply skills, knowledge and expertise to collaborate with all project team members to:
• Identify scope of services and required information and steps to meet project commitments.
• Obtain information, decisions and approvals as necessary to meet project commitments.
• Present engineering concepts and lead discussion of concerns with project team.
• Maintain awareness of applicable design standards, regulations and approval processes.
• Complete structural engineering design activities including review of applicable building codes, performing structural analysis and calculations, developing construction drawing and details, assembling project specifications, reviewing shop drawings and performing construction administration activities.
• 8-11 years of working experience in the structural engineering field.
• Experience designing building structures in concrete and steel.
• Experience with a variety of structural analysis software: ECAD, SAFE, RAM, ETABS, and SAP90.
• Ability to manage projects and engineering staff.
• B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering or Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Structural.
• Master’s Degree a plus.
• SE Required.
Candidates should have strong analytical, detailing, communication and interpersonal skills and should be able to develop and maintain good relationships with industry peers.
We are looking for employees who enjoy engaging with architects, owners, contractors, clients and other external team members.
We are seeking engineers who are able to jump into a project and start working immediately.
Ability to resolve issues and complete work per deadlines efficiently.
Ability to work well on a project team.
Rutherford + Chekene offers a competitive salary and benefits package: medical, dental and vision insurance, paid personal time off, 401(k) plan, and continuing education allowance. We believe in developing employees to be the best they can be in their professional life, with a genuine work-life balance. R+C is an equal opportunity employer.
END OF SEAONC AD
Folks, this sounds like a great ad from an engineering firm, but is it really? One Candidate got this interesting email and (s)he got a response from Priscilla Castro, their HR person. See below:
From this email, it is obvious that Rutherford + Chekene did a bait & switch on this Candidate. Instead of interviewing for the full time Structural Project Manager position they advertised, they decided to tell the Candidate the job would only be available for two months because Priscilla Castro mentions one specific job this person would be working on. That is quite a big difference from their ad stating the positions were full-time. Now ask yourselves, would you trust this firm at all? If they wrote an ad for a full time position and then offered a part time position, would you trust Rutherford + Chekene? We say no! We say that their answers are followed with flying pigs and flaming snowballs. Ask yourselves: would you trust them to honor things like vacation time, PTO, or other benefits? Most likely not! We know this firm is composed of lying liars because they recently promoted a bunch of people in the firm.
Also, this organization can claim they are hands-on all they want, but the fact is this was clearly demonstrated by their lack of hands on experience in the use of a computer when writing this ad! Did they forget to write the truth in their employment ad? Of course not!
In addition, Priscilla Castro wanted this person’s references before the interview. This is really unusual because the Candidate did not have the interview or see the working environment of the firm. We can only imagine how she shops for plumbers to fix plugged up drains in her house! We guess the true reason she did this is to get additional marketing contacts for Rutherford + Chekene without having to open a book or pick up the phone to call them herself. This is very unethical! Priscilla Castro needs to be thinned from the herd, if you know what we mean!
And being deceptive may not be her fault! It could be caused by her fellow co-workers at Rutherford + Chekene or even worse yet her own husband! Her husband is Azarias Castro, a San Francisco police officer. This is significant because the SFPD has plenty of issues with unethical individuals. Just look at the racist texts they send.
Apparently, Rutherford + Chekene is in desperate need of continuous education because they have clearly demonstrated they have no concepts of ethics! Lying in a job ad is problematic because people tend to not believe you. We can think where Priscilla Castro’s next job could be: crooked car saleswoman!
And if you thought the culture of unethical behavior was only limited to one employee, you would be completely wrong! Meet David Bleiman, the CEO of Rutherford + Chekene. His last name rhymes with Lie-Man because he cannot tell the truth! David Bleiman clearly cannot read a job description either. In his rejection email to the Candidate, David Bleiman stated he could not hire this person for positions at Rutherford + Chekene because they did not have Revit experience. David Bleiman needs to understand how to read and write the English language because he did not state this in his ad for the position.
During the Candidate’s interview with Helen Fehr and David Bleiman, the Candidate asked about Revit training because (s)he did not have it. Helen Fehr & David Bleiman assured the Candidate (s)he would get it. Per the Structural Project Manager position, it was not stated. During the interview, David Bleiman & Helen Fehr constantly complained how the firm lost their engineers to DSA, OSHPD, and the Structural Engineering division of HOK Architects. Also, Helen Fehr (aka the Little Old Lady from Martinez) and David Bleiman admitted the full-time positions were not available even though their ad stated this.
Also, the Candidate interviewed with Patrick Ryan & Brent Lizundia. These Principals told the Candidate (s)he would be having a chaotic environment where the Candidate would not be told about any project deadlines. Translation: expect to be their client’s personal whipping boy! Also, expect to be fired for something that is not your fault!
The problem with bait-and-switch tactics is that they produce disengaged workers, damage company cultures, spike employee turnover rates and severely impact productivity. They also take a nasty bite out of a business’s bottom line. Guess Rutherford + Chekene do not care about their current and/or future profits or their employees. Based on this incident, it is no wonder they had to set their sights on a smaller office on Beale Street in San Francisco!
Rutherford & Chekene’s screw-ups have made local news. This is easy to do because their projects are high profile. In fact, these people are so dumb they could not figure out what standards to design their structures to. One such problem was the pedestrian bridges at the West Dublin Pleasanton station. Anyone with 1/3 of a brain would know that you should look at a map before designing a structure. Well, folks, Rutherford + Chekene did not do that at all because the pedestrian bridge was located over a Calrans freeway. As a result, the pedestrian bridge had to be torn down.
So what have we learned today? We have learned that structural engineering firms are more like car dealerships in that they have higher levels of morality impairedness! If you want to be scammed by senior citizen engineers like David Bleiman and Helen Fehr, then this firm is for you. Clients and the public should avoid this firm like the bubonic plague because Rutherford + Chekene is bad news to anyone who interviews them or eve designs buildings for them.